IDK about that year but yesterday was my Day of the Linux desktop. After 7 years of dual booting, I finally had enough of Microshit’s crap and deleted Windows and everything related to it - ISO files, activators, Win installation and converted all the drives to ext4, to make sure there’s no trace left of that idiotic OS.

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echo "$(($(date +%Y) + 1)) will be the year of Linux on the desktop."

How I wish, but no. It’ll probably be the year of people begrudgingly accepting Windows 11.

Nobody will do any of the things needed to install Linux:

  • Back up all your stuff
  • Get USB
  • Rofi
  • Install ISO
  • Find BIOS
  • Mess with ‘allow less secure OS’ options in BIOS, which sound scary
  • Go through install process which may break your computer if you do it wrong
  • Relearn unknown number of things in new OS

The only time we’ve seen Linux adoption, is when it comes preinstalled on devices:

  • Android
  • Chromebook
  • Smart TVs
  • Steam Deck
  • Lenovo/ Dell with Pop_OS!
  • Schools using Ubuntu

If Windows 10 stops getting support, people either use a non-supported OS (like they do with Windows 7), or they buy a new computer.


If cheap laptops become a trend, I think Linux laptops would do pretty good. You don’t have to pay for Windows (laptops would be cheaper), and Linux would run better anyway. Or if Linux gets more features not possible on windows. Like maybe easy syncing, file sharing with other Linux computers (maybe over LAN). Almost every non-pc smart devices run Linux, so some kind of interoperability seems logical. One of the most annoying thing is that every device or service has its own ecosystem. The Chrome cast feature on Netflix, YouTube, Odysee, etc. Works fine. But only works one way, and i don’t think I can do it from my laptop to tv, or my phone to laptop, or laptop to my friends laptop. Or even if I’m not on the same LAN.

Another thing is that I feel like almost every Linux program can also run on Windows. If there was a Linux only program that got popular, more people will try Linux, I think.

Unfortunately not, Linux is simply not there as a desktop experience for the average PC user & may never be.

I had an Ubuntu 20.04 install on my system for a while, decided to boot it up mess around recently. It alerted me to update to 21.04 then to 22.04. Bunch of apps and customized stuff got completely broken, some addons were removed from gnome and had no support. CUDA stuff was messed up, etc. I was able to get the system to a working state, but took me an hour, average person will give up and Ubuntu is a fairly easy distro and perhaps one of the more standardized. Debian fairs better but is often out of date on things and stuff still goes catastrophically wrong on occasion between releases.

Death of XP & 7 had a better chance for Linux to become more mainstream. You really need a massive company like Google, Apple or even Microsoft to develop a Linux desktop competitor for it to become mainstream, at that point it won’t really be the same Linux experience and more like Windows.

I have been using Linux for at least 20 years on and off, glad it exists and love it at times, but it’s just not the replacement for Windows.


@tekni5 @OptimusPrime Most Linux distro is not supposed to be a product. You need a RHEL Workstation. It’s only cost $300 per year.

I think some distros would work just fine for an average user, who typically only uses a web browser and office apps anyway. The only problem I see with Linux desktop is it’s not available (with few, usually higher end machines like system 76) pre-installed at a Best Buy. Most people think computers are “windows computers” or macs and have no idea other options exist.

@stopit @tekni5 also linux user, but only needs browser and libreoffice 😅


Yep. And really funny that they claimed it will be the last version of Windows, and will live eternal via updates🤪


same how it’s been the year of Linux desktop when Windows XP and 7 went EOL?

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